My 7 year old used to be a great sleeper, but one night a couple of months ago he couldn't fall asleep immediately, so every night since then he goes to bed worrying he won't get to sleep, & so of course he talks himself into it and he can't.
He will cry out every 10 minutes or so distressed that he isn't asleep, this goes on for a good couple of hours.
I wouldn't mind so much but it is affecting his ability to go to school (severe separation anxiety has kicked in and I am positive it's related to the night issues) the school has rang me on a couple of occasions as he ends up vomiting and they can't tell whether it's a bug or not as there have been quite a few tummy bugs doing the rounds already) he just isn't a happy little boy any more.
He is an emotional wreck, which hurts me so much to see this change in him.
does anyone have any ideas/suggestions/anything at all?
i have tried sticker charts (he is too upset and worried at night for it to make any difference)
have tried a Breuer spray product which doesn't seem to make any difference
have tried dh putting him to bed (no difference)
and it isnt a matter of him not being tired enough...he is literally exhausted.
i am at my wits end. Considering making an appointment with my GP next week to discuss.
thanks for reading